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Sabily Arabic: سبيلي‎‎, IPA: sæˈbiːliː, My Way is a Linux distribution based on the Ubuntu, designed by and for Muslims3 Formerly called Ubuntu Muslim Edition, Sabily was released from 2007 to 2011, and is currently classed as "dormant" by DistroWatch

Sabily is designed for Muslim users to have “out of the box” Arabic language support and Islamic software and tools installed, including a prayer times tool, a Qur'an study tool, a Hijri calendar, etc

The Unity shell is based on GNOME 3 on Sabily 1110, Unity 2D for graphic cards without 3D capabilities The Unity shell became available on the Sabily 1104 Badr DVD Ubuntu Classic Desktop was the default desktop in Sabily 1104, but Unity in Ubuntu 1104 New applications in Badr: Islamic Date, Zakat Calc, Gufw, DesktopNova, AutoKey, recordMyDesktop, Anki4 The full version of Sabily comes with out of the box educational software, codecs for the most used media formats35 Wisabi is a Sabily 1104 installer for Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7 based on Wubi6


  • 1 History
  • 2 Versions available
  • 3 Additional software
  • 4 Arabic support
  • 5 Sabily software
  • 6 See also
  • 7 References
  • 8 External links


Sabily was previously named as Ubuntu Muslim Edition UbuntuME Sabily is following releasing cycle of Ubuntu After Ubuntu 904, It was changed to Sabily

  • UbuntuME 704 released 12/10/2007
  • UbuntuME 710 released 02/12/2007
  • UbuntuME 804 released 17/05/2008
  • UbuntuME 8041 released 22/07/2008
  • Sabily 904 Taibah released 12/05/2009
  • Sabily 910 Gaza released 27/12/2009
  • Sabily 1004 Manarat released 28/06/2010
  • Sabily 1010 Al-Quds released 02/11/2010
  • Sabily 1104 Badr released 05/05/2011
  • Sabily 1110 Uhud released 19/12/2011

Versions availableedit

There are currently three versions of Sabily

  • Small version 96796 MB, contains the main Sabily packages, including artwork and Islamic applications and Arabic support
  • Full version 155 GB, contains the same as the Small version plus multimedia, educational and miscellaneous packages7
  • Ultimate version 33 GB, has the same content as the Full version, plus Qur'an offline recitations provided by Muhammad Siddeeq al-Minshawi, Huzify, Saad al-Ghamadi and Mishary Rashed Alafasy

The Ultimate version is useful mainly when not connected to the Internet, yet all Sabily versions provide online Qur'an recitations

Sabily is available as a Live DVD, which can be booted on the host computer without installation The Wisabi installer can install Sabily to the hard disk within Microsoft Windows, without involving risky formatting or partitioning

Additional softwareedit

As compared to Ubuntu:

  • zekr: Qur'anic Study Tool8
  • minbar: Islamic prayer times application
  • monajat: application that popups prayers every predetermined time
  • Firefox-praytimes: Firefox extension that displays Islamic daily prayer times
  • webstrict: UI frontend to DansGuardian web content filtering tool
  • nanny: the GNOME Nanny parental-control system
  • thwab: Electronic Encyclopedia System
  • hijra: Islamic calendar
  • mus-haf Othman: Othman Qur'an Browser
  • noor: Qur'an viewer
  • fsool: abbreviated chapters in the Messenger vita
  • rejaal: Men around the prophet

Arabic supportedit

  • language-pack-ar: translations for language Arabic
  • language-pack-gnome-ar: GNOME translations for language Arabic
  • mozilla-Firefox-locale-ar: Mozilla Firefox Arabic language/region package
  • aspell-ar: Arabic dictionary for aspell
  • acon: Text console arabization
  • bicon: Console that supports bidirectional text display
  • Arab eyes qamoos: Arabic-English dictionary
  • fonts-hosny-amiri: Arabic Naskh style typographically oriented font Amiri is a classical Arabic typeface in Naskh style for typesetting books and other running text910

Sabily softwareedit

Main article: Zekr software

Zekr is an open platform Quran study tool for browsing and researching on the Quran Recitations and translations are available for download

Small version DVD available online recitations

  • Abdulbasit Abdussamad 64kbit/s
  • Mishary bin Rashid Al-Afasy 128kbit/s
  • Saad Al-Ghamdi 40kbit/s
  • Mohammed Siddiq Al-Minshawi 16kbit/s
  • Maher Al-Muaiqly 128kbit/s
  • Abu Bakr Ash-Shatri 128kbit/s
  • Saud Al-Shuraim 128kbit/s
  • Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais 192kbit/s
Main article: Minbar software

Minbar indicates the time when Muslims should pray It runs in background as a tray icon and plays the "athan" call to prayer at prayer times Minbar works with the main calculation methods, such as Muslim League default, Shafii, and Hanafi11 Muslims observe salat five times a day, and Minbar helps to remind of daily prayer times12

Developers Sabily Team
Initial release 2011-09-11 v261-3
Operating system Linux, Windows
License GPLv2
Website https://launchpadnet/monajat

Monajat is an application for Linux and Windows that displays Azkar messages It runs in background as a tray icon and displays hadiths

The application an application provided by the Sabily community13

Zakat Calc
Developers Soire Meira, Sabily Team
Initial release 2011-05-07 v035-2
Development status RC
Written in Gambas
Operating system Linux, Windows
Available in Malay, Indonesian, English, Arabic, Italian
License GPLv3
Website https://launchpadnet/zakat-calc

Zakat Calc is an application for Linux Zakat Calc helps Muslims to calculate Zakat types: Gold, silver, stones, jewels, savings in bank, property, loans, business, firms, animals 25% and agriculture 10% Zakat Calc is included in Sabily, a free, open source operating system designed by and for Muslims

This project is for the OS Sabily To calculate the amount of the payment of zakat Used for educational purpose and public use This project is free It was created using the Gambas programming language and it runs on Linux

Zakat or "alms giving" is one of the Five Pillars of Islam, is the giving of 25% of one's possessions surplus wealth to charity, generally to the poor and needy

Gnome Nanny Parental Control is an easy way to control how long users or your kids can be on the computer and what they can and can't access browsing the web14

See alsoedit

  • Free software
  • GNU General Public License
  • Minbar software
  • Ojuba Linux – Fedora based Arabic linux distribution
  • Open source
  • Zakat


  1. ^ GNOME Languages
  2. ^ Sabily downloads
  3. ^ a b wwwsabilyorg/website
  4. ^ Sabily 1104 released!
  5. ^ Sabily content
  6. ^ Wisabi
  7. ^ http://wwwsabilyorg/website/en/sabily/contenthtml
  8. ^ William von Hagen 13 May 2010 Ubuntu Linux Bible: Featuring Ubuntu 1004 LTS John Wiley & Sons p 34 ISBN 978-0-470-88180-4 
  9. ^ "Sabily 1110 released!" Retrieved 11 January 2012 
  10. ^ "Debian -- Details of package font-hosny-amiri in sid" Retrieved 11 January 2012 
  11. ^ Debian -- Details of package minbar in sid
  12. ^ Islamic Prayer Timings
  13. ^ Monajat in Launchpad
  14. ^ Roberto Majadas; Cesar Garcia; Luis de Bethencourt 11 June 2011 "What is Gnome Nanny" Retrieved 12 June 2011 

External linksedit

  • Official website
  • Sabily at DistroWatch
  • sabily blogsphere: Sabily 1104 Badr Released
  • Quick Look: Ubuntu Muslim Edition 1010 Sabily Al Quds
  • Sabily 1004 review from Desktop Linux Reviews
  • Sabily 904 review from Softpedia
  • Sabily 904 review from ExtremeTech
  • Sabily 904 reviewed in LinuxToday Zakat Calc in Launchpad

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